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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107694/evaluation-in-the-field-of-social-services-for-minors-measuring-the-efficacy-of-interventions-in-the-italian-service-for-health-protection-and-promotion
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Antonio Iudici, Agnese Gagliardo Corsi
This article presents the availment of a new Methodology for the efficacy evaluation of interventions in the field of social science: the Method of Computerized Textual Data Analysis (M.A.D.I.T.). In the beginning, we present some elements of the international and Italian legislation referred to the efficacy evaluation and about the child protection. Subsequently this work describes the process of efficacy evaluation of an intervention of minor protection delivered by a public Italian Service, the Minor and Family Service, MiFa...
November 30, 2016: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107098/early-initiation-of-breastfeeding-among-maya-mothers-in-the-western-highlands-of-guatemala
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Natalie N Atyeo, Tahvi D Frank, Emma F Vail, William A L Sperduto, David L Boyd
BACKGROUND: Guatemala exhibits the sixth highest rate of child stunting worldwide, and stunting disproportionately affects Guatemala indigenous communities. In a country struggling to combat this result of malnutrition, early child nutrition is especially critical. Specifically, early initiation of breastfeeding is important for the development of newborn infants. Understanding beliefs and practices related to early initiation of breastfeeding in Maya Guatemala may provide an avenue to guide nutrition interventions in indigenous communities...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Human Lactation: Official Journal of International Lactation Consultant Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106599/opportunity-and-approach-for-implementation-of-a-self-assessment-tool-nursing-informatics-competencies-for-nurse-leaders-nica-nl
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Andrew Phillips, Po-Yin Yen, Mary Kennedy, Sarah Collins
The changing environment of healthcare and the increasing reliance on technology to drive and evaluate change requires efficient tools to assess and educate nursing leadership on the skills necessary to succeed in their leadership roles. Using the Nursing Informatics Competencies for Nurse Leaders (NICA-NL) Scale as an example, this chapter will explore how such a tool can be implemented and provide value to healthcare organizations, as well as advance nursing practice.
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106583/the-professional-association-s-perspective-on-nursing-informatics-and-competencies-in-the-us
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Carol J Bickford
The American Nurses Association (ANA) recognized nursing informatics as a nursing specialty in 1992, developed the first scope and standards of nursing informatics practice in the mid-1990s, and remains the custodian and steward of each document revision. Over the past two decades, the definition of nursing informatics, scope of practice statement, and framework of the standards of practice have evolved to now include a collection of competencies for the informatics nurse and informatics nurse specialist. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), an ANA subsidiary, created and maintains a nursing informatics certification program that offers a board certification credential to qualified applicants, including international nurse colleagues...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106396/tetrel-bonds-in-infinite-molecular-chains-by-electronic-structure-theory-and-their-role-for-crystal-stabilization
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Janine George, Richard Dronskowski
Intermolecular bonds play a crucial role in the rational design of crystal structures, dubbed crystal engineering. The relatively new term tetrel bonds (TBs) describes a long-known type of such interactions presently in the focus of quantum-chemical cluster calculations. Here, we energetically explore the strengths and cooperativity of these interactions in infinite chains, a possible arrangement of such tetrel bonds in extended crystals, by periodic density-functional theory. In the chains, the TBs are amplified due to cooperativity by up to 60%...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106153/altered-motion-repulsion-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Yan Li, Shougang Guo, Yongxiang Wang, Huan Chen
Recent research in Alzheimer's disease (AD) indicates that perceptual impairments may occur before the onset of cognitive declines, and can thus serve as an early noninvasive indicator for AD. In this study, we focused on visual motion processing and explored whether AD induces changes in the properties of direction repulsion between two competing motions. We used random dot kinematograms (RDKs) and measured the magnitudes of direction repulsion between two overlapping RDKs moving different directions in three groups of participants: an AD group, an age-matched old control group, and a young control group...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104697/male-birthweight-semen-quality-and-birth-outcomes
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B W Whitcomb, M S Bloom, S Kim, Z Chen, G M Buck Louis
STUDY QUESTION: What are the relations among birthweight (BW), semen parameters and birth outcomes in a population-based sample? SUMMARY ANSWER: BW is unrelated to semen parameters, which are in turn unrelated to birth outcomes. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In clinical settings, there has been suggestion that semen parameters are related to BW when comparing fertile and infertile men; however, findings have been less clear in more general populations...
January 18, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104696/systematic-characterization-of-human-testis-specific-actin-capping-protein-%C3%AE-3-as-a-possible-biomarker-for-male-infertility
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T Soda, Y Miyagawa, N Ueda, K Takezawa, H Okuda, S Fukuhara, K Fujita, H Kiuchi, M Uemura, Y Okamoto, A Tsujimura, H Tanaka, N Nonomura
STUDY QUESTION: Is actin capping protein (CP) β3 involved in human spermatogenesis and male infertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: Human CPβ3 (hCPβ3) is expressed in testis, changes its localization dynamically during spermatogenesis, and has some association with male infertility. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The testis-specific α subunit of CP (CPα3) was previously identified in human, and mutations in the cpα3 gene in mouse were shown to induce malformation of the sperm head and male infertility...
January 18, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104534/reflection-magnitude-a-measure-of-arterial-stiffness-predicts-incident-heart-failure-in-men-but-not-women-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa
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Rebecca C Chester, Jeff A Gornbein, W Gregory Hundley, Preethi Srikanthan, Karol E Watson, Tamara Horwich
BACKGROUND: Arterial stiffness is a risk factor for heart failure (HF) and is higher in women. Our objective was to investigate gender differences between arterial stiffness and incident HF in the Multi-ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) population. METHODS AND RESULTS: Applanation tonometry from 5,959 participants (52.8% women) was used to calculate augmentation index (AIx), pulse pressure amplification (PPA) and reflection magnitude (RM). Sex-specific risk of HF was assessed using a competing risk regression model...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103621/development-and-validation-of-a-training-module-on-the-use-of-acetic-acid-for-the-detection-of-barrett-s-neoplasia
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Fergus J Q Chedgy, Kesavan Kandiah, Hugh Barr, Simon Dwerryhouse, Balint Eross, Charles Gordon, Susi Green, Andy Li, James Brown, Gaius Longcroft-Wheaton, Pradeep Bhandari
Background and study aims Acetic acid chromoendoscopy (AAC) enhances the ability to correctly identify Barrett's neoplasia, and is increasingly used by both expert and nonexpert endoscopists. Despite its increasing use, there is no validated training strategy to achieve competence. The aims of our study were to develop a validated training tool in AAC-assisted lesion recognition, to assess endoscopists' baseline knowledge of AAC-assisted lesion recognition, and to evaluate the efficacy and impact of this training tool...
January 19, 2017: Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102968/thoracic-ultrasound-recognition-of-competence-a-position-paper-of-the-thoracic-society-of-australia-and-new-zealand
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Jonathan P Williamson, Scott H Twaddell, Y C Gary Lee, Matthew Salamonsen, Mark Hew, David Fielding, Phan Nguyen, Daniel Steinfort, Peter Hopkins, Nicola Smith, Christopher Grainge
The ability to perform bedside thoracic ultrasound is increasingly recognized as an essential skill for thoracic clinicians, extending the clinical examination and aiding diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Thoracic ultrasound reduces complications and increases success rates when used prior to thoracentesis or intercostal chest tube insertion. It is increasingly difficult to defend performing these procedures without real or near-real time image guidance. To assist thoracic physicians and others achieve and demonstrate thoracic ultrasound competence, the Interventional Pulmonology Special Interest Group (IP-SIG) of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) has developed a new pathway with four components: (i) completion of an approved thoracic ultrasound theory and hands-on teaching course...
February 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102467/mypod-an-emr-based-tool-that-facilitates-quality-improvement-and-maintenance-of-certification
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Loren Berman, Brian Duffy, B Randall Brenn, Charles Vinocur
Maintenance of Certification (MOC) was designed to assess physician competencies including operative case volume and outcomes. This information, if collected consistently and systematically, can be used to facilitate quality improvement. Information automatically extracted from the electronic medical record (EMR) can be used as a prompt to compile these data. We developed an EMR-based program called MyPOD (My Personal Outcomes Data) to track surgical outcomes at our institution. We compared occurrences reported in the first 18 months to those captured in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program-Pediatric (ACS NSQIP-P) over the same time period...
March 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100617/differences-in-glycoprotein-complex-gpc-receptor-binding-site-accessibility-prompt-poor-cross-reactivity-of-neutralizing-antibodies-between-closely-related-arenaviruses
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Rachel B Brouillette, Elisabeth K Phillips, Natarajan Ayithan, Wendy Maury
: The glycoprotein complex (GPC) of arenaviruses, composed of stable signal peptide (SSP), GP1, and GP2, is the only antigen correlated with antibody-mediated neutralization. However, despite strong cross-reactivity of convalescent antisera between related arenavirus species, weak or no cross-neutralization occurs. Two closely related Clade B viruses, Machupo virus (MACV) and Junín virus (JUNV), have near identical overall GPC architecture and share a host receptor, transferrin receptor 1...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099561/macarthur-competence-assessment-tool-for-treatment-in-alzheimer-disease-cross-cultural-adaptation
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Raquel Luiza Santos, Maria Fernanda Barroso de Sousa, José Pedro Simões, Elodie Bertrand, Daniel C Mograbi, Jesus Landeira-Fernandez, Jerson Laks, Marcia Cristina Nascimento Dourado
Objective: We adapted the MacArthur Competence Assessment Tool for Treatment (MacCAT-T) to Brazilian Portuguese, pilot testing it on mild and moderate patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Methods: The cross-cultural process required six steps. Sixty-six patients with AD were assessed for competence to consent to treatment, global cognition, working memory, awareness of disease, functionality, depressive symptoms and dementia severity. Results: The items had semantic, idiomatic, conceptual and experiential equivalence...
January 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099326/implementation-of-a-needs-based-online-feedback-tool-for-anesthesia-residents-with-subsequent-mapping-of-the-feedback-to-the-acgme-milestones
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Pedro Tanaka, Sylvia Bereknyei Merrell, Kim Walker, Jennifer Zocca, Lena Scotto, Alyssa L Bogetz, Alex Macario
BACKGROUND: Optimizing feedback that residents receive from faculty is important for learning. The goals of this study were to (1) conduct focus groups of anesthesia residents to define what constitutes optimal feedback; (2) develop, test, and implement a web-based feedback tool; and (3) then map the contents of the written comments collected on the feedback tool to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) anesthesiology milestones. METHODS: All 72 anesthesia residents in the program were invited to participate in 1 of 5 focus groups scheduled over a 2-month period...
February 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099309/the-core-competencies-for-general-orthopaedic-surgeons
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James F Kellam, Douglas Archibald, James W Barber, Eugene P Christian, Richard J D'Ascoli, Richard J Haynes, Suzanne S Hecht, Shepard R Hurwitz, James F Kellam, Alexander C McLaren, Terrance D Peabody, Stephen R Southworth, Robert W Strauss, Veronica M R Wadey
BACKGROUND: With the changing delivery of orthopaedic surgical care, there is a need to define the knowledge and competencies that are expected of an orthopaedist providing general and/or acute orthopaedic care. This article provides a proposal for the knowledge and competencies needed for an orthopaedist to practice general and/or acute care orthopaedic surgery. METHODS: Using the modified Delphi method, the General Orthopaedic Competency Task Force consisting of stakeholders associated with general orthopaedic practice has proposed the core knowledge and competencies that should be maintained by orthopaedists who practice emergency and general orthopaedic surgery...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099177/medical-students-perspectives-on-implementing-curriculum-change-at-one-institution
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Aaron M Yengo-Kahn, Courtney E Baker, Kimberly D Lomis
Training physicians to be effective practitioners throughout their careers begins in undergraduate medical education with particular focus on self-directed inquiry, professional and interprofessional development, and competency-based assessment. A select number of medical schools are restructuring their curricula by placing the student at the center of content delivery to enhance the learning experience. While this restructuring may benefit the adult learner, administrators often make assumptions about how students will perceive and respond to such innovative and unfamiliar educational concepts...
January 17, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098849/no-evidence-for-mhc-class-ii-based-non-random-mating-at-the-gametic-haplotype-in-atlantic-salmon
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M Promerová, G Alavioon, S Tusso, R Burri, S Immler
Genes of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) are a likely target of mate choice because of their role in inbreeding avoidance and potential benefits for offspring immunocompetence. Evidence for female choice for complementary MHC alleles among competing males exists both for the pre- and the postmating stages. However, it remains unclear whether the latter may involve non-random fusion of gametes depending on gametic haplotypes resulting in transmission ratio distortion or non-random sequence divergence among fused gametes...
January 18, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098503/relationship-between-perceived-competence-and-performance-during-real-and-virtual-motor-tasks-by-children-with-developmental-coordination-disorder
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Batya Engel-Yeger, Rotem Sido, Aviva Mimouni-Bloch, Patrice L Weiss
PURPOSE: (i) To compare children with DCD and typically developing participants via standard motor assessments, two interactive virtual games, measures of physical, social and cognitive self-competence and feedback while playing the virtual games and (ii) To examine the contribution of age and each motor assessment to predict self-competence. METHODS: Participants were 25 boys with DCD and 25 typically developing boys, aged 5-9 years. They completed the M-ABC-2, the Pictorial Scale of Perceived Competence, the 6-Minute Walk Test, and then played the two Kinect games and completed the Short Feedback Questionnaire for Children...
January 18, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097957/if-medical-education-was-a-discipline-she-would-have-five-core-competencies
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Constance R Tucker
To date, many medical schools define medical educators by who they teach rather than the quality of their engagement with learners. In addition, evidence suggests that a traditional terminal degree may not satisfy the developmental needs of educators engaged in competency based medical education. Perhaps, medical educators require additional competencies. This personal view introduces five competencies that enliven the way in which medical educators engage in career paths, recruitment, performance assessment, compensation, and professional development...
January 18, 2017: Medical Teacher
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